Wood Chopper Whirligig

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Project by woodify posted 02-11-2013 02:20 AM 6153 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been picking away at this for a few months. Felt good to put the last sealer coat on today. I wasn’t sure if I needed to balance the blades or the pivot point or not so I took him outside for a test chop. He start chopping with a gust of wind so I left him as is.

-- Woodify ~~

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 04:04 AM

Good job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 04:04 PM

Really nice, where did you come up with the layout?

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#3 posted 02-11-2013 04:30 PM

Geeze, you guys that make these toys and whirlygigs just blow me away. Great job!

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 05:52 PM

These are so cool, I really need to make one of these for my back yard…. It just screams a woodworker lives here. Do you have plans for this? I would be very interested in any info you could provide. Thx Great job….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 04:07 AM

I got the plans from this book. Making Animated Whirligigs (Dover Woodworking)

I did modified the plans a little. I ended up using a branch for the chopping block as I forgot to cut out the chopping block. The sail is also smaller as I couldn’t resaw a piece of 6×8in pine on my tablesaw. My sail is 4×6 in. The sail has no problem directing the blades into the wind.

I couldn’t bend a 1/4 bolt over a rock in my backyard so I used a brass rod as suggested in another whirligig book found here: The Art And Craft of Whirligig Construction

However I just hammered the brass over the edge of a sledge hammer instead of soldering.
If I had an anvil I could have bend the 1/4in carriage bolt no problem.

-- Woodify ~~

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#6 posted 02-12-2013 04:37 PM

Looks perfect to me and very fun to have that. Well executed and love the colors.

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#7 posted 04-02-2013 12:48 PM

Great job, love this

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#8 posted 04-02-2013 01:01 PM

This is really nice. Congratualtions.

Making a whirligig like these is definitely on my list – even got a book on whirligigs for Christmas.

Only trouble is: so many ideas, so little time.

But. we’ll get to it some time

greetings from Germany


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